This is the last of the homemade food gifts blog for this year (but fear not! The holiday blogs are not over!). And, as a dog lover, I thought what better way to end than with a treat for your furry canine friends? You only need four ingredients for these treats—they come together quickly, cook quickly, and our dogs go crazy over them! Plus, they’re full of good-for-them ingredients! Talk about a perfect gift for your dog (or dogs)!
I talk about our wonderful mutts (and nephew mutts) on the blog occasionally (I feature them more often on the Flurries of Flour Instagram):
When I first made these treats, both were sleeping but woke up immediately, eyes wide, gobbled them down, then looked for more. When the three doggy nephews came over, they had the same reaction. I knew I had a hit on my hands!
The best part about these treats, other than the fact that dogs seem to love them, is that they are full of good-for-dogs ingredients. You won’t have to worry about any odd additives, chemicals, or other ingredients you’re not sure you should be feeding them, which is always our problem (I was one of those people who started reading treat labels after that whole issue with treats from China poisoning dogs…).
Another great thing? They only take about 5 minutes to put together, you bake them for a short time, then they’re done!
They can be kept in the fridge for a week, but I’m not sure they’ll last that long!
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 egg
- ½ C. of natural peanut butter with no added sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat. Spoon out tablespoon-sized balls of the mixture and place on the baking sheet 1-inch apart.
- Place in the oven and let cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Let cool and then give to the pooches to enjoy!
So, there you have it! Dog treats for all the special canines in your life!
And, if anyone is wondering, I’m sorry for the lack of cat treats. I just don’t have any cats in my life to test treats on, and as much as I like cats, I don’t really know anything about their nutritional needs and what they can or can’t eat.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this short series with homemade holiday treats, including the Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookie Dough Truffles and the Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark . May everyone enjoy them, especially you!
‘Till next time!